15 Apr 2015 35 comments

Easter Weekend in Austria.

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I spent Easter Weekend in Mayrhofen, Austria with Three UK, as part of their ‘Feel at Home’ campaign – it was my first time away in a snowy place like this and I was way too excited to see what all the fuss was about. We went for Snowbombing Festival, which is a big dance festival set in the mountains.

We flew from London to Munich, and then drove three hours in to Austria – look at my double plane photo in the top! I was pretty impressed, though that might have been down to the wine.
Driving from Munich was seriously impressive – at one point we stopped at the service area and Kavita and I got out to snap the surroundings, our driver laughed and told us we weren’t even looking at a mountain, but rather just a big hill. We sheepishly piled back in the car…

We arrived on Saturday afternoon and promptly headed for the spa, luckily we managed to convince the receptionist to let us keep our bikinis on. We were the only ones. After way too long spent in the sauna ‘detoxing’ and gossiping, we got ready and headed out to explore the town! Austria is just incredible – it was my first time there and I was in awe. The scenery is unbelievable and the locals were lovely, there was just so much to take in – I think I took about a hundred scenery snaps in the end.
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While we were there, Three had us use the new Samsung Galaxy S6 phones which hadn’t been launched at that point, I’m an Apple girl myself but I could definitely see myself switching, if only for the camera. My Instagram uploads improved while I was out there, although I did feel a bit dirty… cheating on my iPhone.
We also go to use the Three MiFis, which are basically personal hotspots you can connect to – anyone on Three can use their phone abroad at no extra cost in up to 18 countries, so you can upload your holiday spam as you go. It’s pretty awesome, I’m currently on o2 and it costs me £1.99 a day to use my phone while I’m away, so moving over would be the logical thing to do.

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The following day was spent getting ready to ski, including hiring out the equipment, trekking up to the Gondola lifts and then heading up the mountains – we went for the baby slopes as we were all beginners. That was a good decision! If you remember at the start of the year, one of my goals for this year was to learn to ski, so I think throwing myself out there and learning on the spot counts. Right? Right?!
Heading up to the slope, Ahorn, was terrifying – I honestly didn’t expect us to be going so high! The views were incredible… although I did have to hold on to a rail while I was trying to take a photo – it was that scary.

There’s me in my sexy ski gear – don’t be jealous of those blue trousers. I should have brought them home with me really…
Skiing was so much fun, we were pretty scared at first but soon got the hang of it – luckily Kavita had gone to Switzerland the month before and had one skiing lesson, naturally we treated her like she was an Olympic champion and begged for an impromptu lesson.

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We stayed in Hotel Berghof which was lovely, I felt like I was in Dwight K Schrute’s home. The last picture above is the view from the back of my room – breathtaking! I was coming down with tonsillitis at this point, but I really appreciated the fresh Austrian air!

When it was time to leave, we had a beautiful drive back to Austria as the sun had come out. I sort of wanted to sleep (we may or may not have gone out the night before) but fought the urge and took in the views for the whole three hour drive. Erol Alkan was in our car on the way to the airport, and he was just lovely.

All in all, a magical trip for my first time in Austria – if I ever make it back here, I’ll make sure I’m a pro skier!

Do you feel cold looking at these pictures?

  • i’ve never been to Austria but it looks like such a wonderful place ! sounds like you had an amazing time !

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  • Gorgeous photos! Austria is such a breathtakingly beautiful country, the landscape is so much different to what we have here in Australia. Skiing sounds like so much fun right now too!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • The nature looks so gorgeous there! Love your photos!! 🙂

    x Val Valerie Randomness

  • Jodie Vernon

    It sounds like you had an amazing time, and your photos are so beautiful like always!

    Jodie xo // JodieLoue

  • The floral trainers, so cute! It’s nice to drive through part of the country you get to see so much more – a fun way to spend easter!

    Lauren x

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  • The photos are absolutely beautiful! It makes me want to visit there myself 🙂

  • Megan McPherson

    Looks lush! Very persuading photos I must say… Austria is now on my travel list!

    Love M

  • The photographs are absolutely stunning. It sounds like you had a fantastic time and I must say now I really want to go to Austria.

    Beth x
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  • Bettina

    arr…so nice 🙂
    I´m from Austria and i am so glad that you have an amazing time 🙂

  • Kelly H

    I met my future husband at Snowbombing 2009 🙂 This place holds very special memories for us x Austria is beautiful!

  • Gorgeous country and pictures, looks like you had a great time! I love The Office reference haha 🙂

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  • Those Mifi hotspots are a lifesaver when you’re abroad. Glad you had such a greta time, it looks amazing

    Mel ♥ everyword

  • rebekah maryx

    Looks like a fantastic time always wanted to go snowboarding!

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  • Millie Robinson

    Looks beautiful! I wish I could ski or snowboard or something! x

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  • Georgie Lowen

    Great post. Looks amazing. And cheating on your iPhone… how could you?! haha. Just kidding.

    Georgie

    xoxo

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  • Maggie

    These photos look amazing!

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  • Vivian Yuen

    Some lovely photos! Your trip sounds fantastic~

    LIVE . IN .LOVE ✞

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  • Jessica Maye

    Austria has the best scenery I’ve ever seen(scene?)! Went for a ski trip about 6 years ago and longing to go back ever since!

  • LOL to Dwight Shrute’s home. And those snow-dusted tree pictures are wonderful, like the view from the Hogwarts Express!

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  • Austria looks absolutely stunning!

    xoxo Mollie

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  • Such beautiful photographs!! 🙂

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  • Maireem Maneje

    Love the photos 😀 and those Vans are so much fun 😀

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  • Katharina

    I’m from Austria so I’m pretty used to all of this. Glad you enjoyed it, your trip seemed to be very nice! I’m an Apple user by myself, but when it comes to phones, I always pick something else. I pre-ordered the S6 about a week ago and it arrived yesterday so I’m very happy with it. Anyway, great post!

  • It looks like you had a great time, I’d love to visit Austria one day! 🙂

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  • I’ve always wanted to visit Austria, think as its not the most obvious choice!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • Beautiful photos Kate – looks like you had a great time, love seeing travel posts! x

  • Miss.getaway

    I love that you’ve visited my home country and I’m glad you had a great time 🙂

    Your pictures are gorgeous – as always 🙂

    Love from Austria,

    Kerstin

    http://missgetaway.wordpress.com/

  • Katie

    Austria is so beautiful! Looks like you had a great time

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  • What amazing pictures!

    Lizzie Dripping

  • Lovely photos! I went skiing in Austria for the first time this season too – definitely want to go back for the beaaautiful scenery.

    ELL x

  • Katie Jane Mabey

    The scenery looks incredible, I would love to learn to ski but it looks pretty scary!

  • Such a long time ago that I went snowboarding! Feel like a hiking weekend in the Northern part of Sweden might be a good idea this year though 🙂

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  • NoOvernightGuests

    The pictures look fantastic, so beautiful. Very brave to get up on those skis girl.

  • These photos are truly stunning, half convinved me that I need to go to Austria sometime!

    Taylor
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  • WOW!!! Austria IS GORGEOUS!!! I love it. I’m an apple girl too. Forever!